The Heart of Man Plans His Way … A Lesson from the Porcelain Throne

From time to time, my wife and I are complimented on the style and design of our home. While we are pleased with the way things turned out, there are some things that turned out better than we could have dreamed. As is usually the case, God uses the smaller / lesser things in life to remind us that our plans were completed with our ideas in mind but God had a better plan.

The lesson for today comes from the porcelain throne. No, not the one in the master bath, not the one in the guest bath, nor the one in the powder room. It is the stroke of genius we had in building a restroom in the lower garage. In our limited perspective we thought it would be good to have a facility there for easy access while we were caring for the Ponderosa. But there was another higher plan at work. Very likely the room receiving the most visitors in our home is the unfinished restroom in the lower level garage. Little did we know, at the time, that we would be hosting upwards of 100 high school kids in our barn each week for the summer meetings of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Guess what. Every week during the summer many kids and adults make the trek from the barn to the garage to use the restroom.

Now what is the lesson to be learned here? We have lots of plans for our stuff. Some of our stuff, we even consider “nice to have” or conveniences. Yet, if we’re living purposeful lives with a higher calling, our stuff becomes far more important than just serving our pleasure or comfort. You’d be surprised how little we have used that room over the course of nearly eight years of tending the Ponderosa.

The proverb begun in the title of this piece goes like this: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Prov 16:9) God can use even the simple things in life, indeed, the simple people, for His higher purposes. This is true of each one of us. Each of us was uniquely made (we even have a unique DNA) and as a result has a unique purpose in this life. There can never be another you, as the old song goes. You bring a unique perspective and combination of gifts to this world. How are you using those gifts? Have you felt like you don’t have much to contribute? Think again, because somebody out there needs you.

It’s true that we ought not to think more highly of ourselves than we should. But at the same time, we need to have a personal vision and purpose that is larger than ourselves. I can promise you that God has a great purpose in His overall plan for you. Praying today that you’ll feel blessed and be a blessing to others.

About ponderosapapa

Papa to five grandchildren, Dad to two daughters and two sons-in-law, Husband of one wife. Leaving a legacy of thought and perspective worth carrying through the generations that follow.
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4 Responses to The Heart of Man Plans His Way … A Lesson from the Porcelain Throne

  1. Love it my friend. God is in the details. Be blessed.

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  2. Steve says:

    Planning is a process with intrinsic intellectual value. God may laugh, but opportunity still befalls the prepared mind.

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    • billregehr says:

      Indeed, Steve. Planning is a critical component of success. Yet, in spite of our planning, as in this case, God has provided the opportunity for us to leverage those humble plans for a higher purpose. A purpose He knew at the time we were carrying out our plans. Fully agree with your comment.


  3. Marilynn says:

    Thanks. Good to remember. I am considering a new position at church that I would not have considered it would come at this time in my life. God is ordering my steps.

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